Looks like the WNBA finally got their mind right.
On Saturday, the women’s professional basketball league announced they are rescinding the fines for those who wore t-shirts honoring the lives of those lost by the hands of the police, says NBC Sports.
In a statement, WNBA President Lisa Borders said “All of us at the WNBA have the utmost respect and appreciation for our players expressing themselves on matters important to them.” She added, “While we expect players to comply with league rules and uniform guidelines, we also understand their desire to use their platform to address important societal issues.”
She also stressed that they will spend the Olympic Games break improving how they will address societal issues down the road.
The women’s players’ union has supported the move, NBC Sports noted.
“We are pleased that the WNBA has made the decision to rescind the fines the league handed down to the players on the Fever, Liberty, and Mercury. We look forward to engaging in constructive dialogue with the league to ensure that the players’ desire to express themselves will continue to be supported,” said the director of operations Terri Jackson.
Plenty of others support this as well:
As HELLO BEAUTIFUL previously reported, the league came down with $5000 fines for the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury and $500 for players involved for uniform violations. Since handing down these punishments, the WNBA has come under fire by players, fans and the press for the double standard of NBA players not being fined for the same actions. As a result, some refused to answer questions about basketball with the media after recent games, stating they were only going to talk about “Black Lives Matter.’
Some even decided to ignore the consequences by continuing to protest.
Given the nature of these times, it’s important to celebrate our athletes who refuse to abide by this “shut up and play” mentality, not punish them. We are proud of you ladies!